Chandra, a retired forest officer was in a reminiscent frame of mind. He had just cremated his wife. The house was full. On such occasions people get an opportunity to gossip. They are more interested in knowing 'whether Mrs. Jain is expecting, whether Khanna's daughter has run away ;such talks are spoken in whispers'. They are hardly concerned about the person on whose cremation they have come.
Chandra sat alone in the balcony. His thoughts took him to Bahadur Garh,where he was initially posted. It was a thick forest. No human being was to be seen. After walking for another fifteen minutes, he saw a group of three or four people, so much absorbed in talking that they did not respond to Chandra's query when he asked them about the 'village chaupal' (a make shift office).Chandra moved on.At the chaupal he was welcomed by the village pradhan. They accompanied him to the house, which he had to occupy. He was very tired and went off to sleep. He got up early morning to have a survey of the place, where he was supposed to stay for at least five years.
Nothing untoward took place. Life was going on at its own pace.One night when Chandra was about to sleep, a loud crying sound of a female was heard. It was echoing in the whole village, but no body came to see what had happened! Chandra was about to enter the building from where the moaning sound was emanating. Immediately a man caught hold of him and did not allow him to go inside. In the dark, Chandra could not see him. Next day, during day time Chandra inquired from many people but every one gave the same reply that the building was haunted. At night when the sound of crying came, he entered the building and caught the woman who was found crying. He brought her to his house and told her to narrate why she was doing that. She said that her daughter was to get married. On the same day the boy disappeared. Some people say he is alive there are some who oppose this. Chandra consoled her, but the next moment the lady was in his arms....dead,
Chandra married the girl . To day his wife died after giving him company for thirty years.
Written for write tribe # Give your heart away
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